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A legend is born when young Arthur meets Merlin and draws the mighty sword from its stone. This retelling brings to life King Arthur and the adventures of his Knights, from the quest for the Holy Grail to the final tragedy of the Last Battle.
Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Puffin (first published 1953)
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Omar El Jundi Yes, definitely. It's aimed more at the younger reader though but I think anyone can enjoy it.…moreYes, definitely. It's aimed more at the younger reader though but I think anyone can enjoy it.(less)

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Leonard Gaya
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roger Lancelyn Green may not be quite as famous as his teachers and fellow Oxfordians, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is, nonetheless, one of the major popularisers of ancient myths and legends in English culture — Neil Gaiman recently acknowledged (in his introduction to Norse Mythology) that Lancelyn Green’s books profoundly influenced his early vocation as a writer.

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table was published a few years after World War II, around the same time as Tolkien’s
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Kristina
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've had this book for awhile and am not shamed to admit that watching Merlin had pushed me into finally reading it.

Before I read it I'd already had some background knowledge on the tales of King Arthur, in which I knew of a lot of the knights and some of the tales. I also knew that it would be nothing like the television show, so I wouldn't let that deter you, if that's what you're hoping for. The tales may be old and written in an old way, but they're still fun to read nonetheless.

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J. Aleksandr Wootton
Good, but not great. I very much appreciated Green's organization of the stories; it highlights, for example, the very different tone of the Grail cycle compared with the episodic chivalry-quests and pseudo-histories that go into the rest.

What it lacked, for me, was locus: Green follows Geoffrey of Monmouth and positions Arthur's kingdom shortly after the Roman withdrawal and the conflicts and alliances which immediately followed. But then Logres seems to fall out of time, its borders uncertain
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Fonch
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are in front of excellent compilation of the adventures of the Knight Round Table. Roger Lancelyn Green tests that he is worth to be a member of the Inklings he is somebody that we must rediscover him. To know the arthurian cycle is necessary to read it.
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Nosotros nos encontramos ante una excelente compilación de las aven
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Calzean
Plenty of people being smote and slewed. Heads being chopped off seemed to be a popular choice for the demise. Damsels were in distress and damsels sometimes plotted evil. There were good knights and bad knights. And a bit of magic thrown in.
The tales in this book still make fun reading.
Collin
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian-legend
So it's not the most academic work you could choose to read on Arthurian legend. It's still a lot of fun. Also, if you're like me and have trouble tracking action/motivation/very frequently similar plots of all those "knight meets a damsel and fights a knight to save another damsel and gets wounded and is saved by another knight who was brought by another knight accompanied by a damsel"... if you're like me, aka not very quick, it's a very helpful overview. I want to believe that Green did his r ...more
Ana
Given the number of scattered King Arthur tales, I'm grateful Roger Lancelyn Green reworked the tales into a cohesive story. Children will definitely enjoy this book, but it also gave me the courage to start Le Morte d'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table. Wish me luck! ...more
Lindsay B
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ao
Really good story. Just slow and hard to understand in parts.
Nada Sobhi
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is by all means a HORRID book! It is an insult to the Tales of Camelot, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The writing of the book is terrible; it makes you want to skip parts. It is very hard to enjoy this book. I am currently hiding this book in the farthest, darkest shelf in the house.
Nobi Nobes
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was amazing! great!
Emily
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My favorite King Arthur retelling yet.
Caroline Lancaster
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book so much!!! I would give it a 6 star if I could, this was a school read and I’m so glad I got to read it because it was such a fun read and I highly recommend it!
Greg
Dec 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, fiction, fantasy
An entertaining read. Having enjoyed the musical "Camelot", based on the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, this book provided an interesting background that fleshed out the story and characters. Well worth a look! ...more
Peter Crouse
Aug 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was enthralled by these tales of chivalry as a kid and it was a real pleasure to return to them as an adult.
Chris J
Jun 11, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned of Green's treatment of the Arthurian legend from my older daughters who had recently read it. Having not read any other telling of Arthur I have nothing to compare it with, but I thought the book was fantastic. If you are like me and not likely to ever devote the time Mallory it seems to me that this is a worthy alternative. ...more
Joe Korth
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A quick fun read that reminds you why this tale has lasted so long in our culture.
Trevor
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response
I liked the book King Arthur because it had a lot of historical stories of a king who reshaped England. I didn't like the fact that there were no real transitions between chapters. Many of the stories were short with a tragic or anti-climactic ending.


Plot
The plot of the book was a series of stories of King Arthur and his Knights that served under him at the round table. Many of the stories were about each of the knights doing some act of valor or great virtue. Even so, there was
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Jacq.and.the.readstalk
A classic-modern retelling of the classic historical figure. Roger Lancelyn Green tells the story of Arthur and his knights adventures in short blocks of chapters and non-stop action for each story.

The author applied the traditional use of dialogue that is mainly suggested towards medieval times, but it is not thick or heavily implied, but lighter for its audience and a great introduction for old-styled writing language for children. Perfect for those to dip their toes into the world of Arthuri
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Lisa Litberg
Mar 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
"After wicked King Vortigern had first invited the Saxons to settle in Britain and help him to fight the Picts and Scots, the land was never long at peace."

This version of the King Arthur legend is broken down into stories, following each of the Knights on their various journeys. It is easy to read, especially compared to L'Morte d'Arthur or even The Once and Future King. Based mostly on Mallory's work, this version also takes into account other sources and I always find the retellings fascinati
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Caleb
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked the tales of King Arthur, though this is the first time in book-form. I absolutely loved it! Who wouldn't want an epic story about noble knights, kings, lords and ladies, wizards, dragons, and fearsome duels? The quests and adventures in this book were really interesting and fun, and along the way you learn good principles of justice, forgiveness, sacrifice along with the knights.

I loved this book almost as much as I love Roger Lancelyn Green's other legend telling, The Adven
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Joshua
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of the Arthurian legends rewritten so younger readers can wet their teeth on these stories. I read this book in the eighth grade and I still have it on my shelf and because of this book I got into Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Lord of the Rings, and T.H. White's The Once and Future King. Books like this are a valuable resource because they serve as starting points and foundations for the myths that make up so much of our culture. ...more
Bradley
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it
A good spin on taking older arthur tales together I had never read before. Not bad. =)
saïd
Roger Lancelyn Green's version was one of my first introductions to Arthurian canon, so I'll always have a particular fondness for this book. ...more
Daniëlle Van den Brink
"All the bravest and noblest knights rejoiced exceedingly that they had such a king, one who would risk his life in an adventure as other ordinary knights did."

A slightly more simplified retelling of the classic King Arthur stories. All the well known heroes of Arthurian tales make an appearance and go through their trials to prove themselves worhty of the highest honour a knight can be given, a seat at the round table.

I enjoyed reading this, though I can't quite pinpoint who the target group i
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Sarah Parker
Oh god I love the Arthurian myths and legends!

I remember having this book as a kid and reading it so much that the binding almost disintegrated, and then being absolutely heartbroken when I lost my copy when we moved house.

This is such a good collection of stories, especially for children who are being introduced to the Arthurian stories for the first time. The language isn’t too heavy or flowery and it helps that there are images to support the story being told as well.

(Also, I cannot believ
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Jordan
Perhaps my favorite of Roger Lancelyn Green’s retellings of myths and legends for children, though it’s tough to choose. The ending, drawn from a variety of Arthurian stories but mostly—and in some places almost word for word—from Malory, moved me almost to tears, even though I knew it was coming. Well done.
Lory Blanco (areaderheart)
I think this was a fantastic way to be introduced to the Arthurian legends. The story is summarized very well. But you also still feel like you're getting the story you came for. Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading this one and I can't wait to pick up more Arthur related books!  ...more
Urian
Mar 05, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed Arthurian legend, but there were definitely some expectations that weren't quite met. Arthur wasn't very strong as a warrior, Merlin is a spoiler and the knights had some strange developments. I enjoyed the story, but modern adaptations likely hurt my expectations. ...more
k
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Played with my emotions. In a good way.
Jessica
A good translation for this age group. Pyle's rendition was a little more complicated, but probably worth the read later.

Fun and exciting! So glad I picked this up with my kids.
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Roger (Gilbert) Lancelyn Green was a British biographer and children's writer. He was an Oxford academic who formed part of the Inklings literary discussion group along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Born in 1918 in Norwich, England, Green studied under C. S. Lewis at Merton College, Oxford, where he obtained a B.Litt. degree. He delivered the 1968 Andrew Lang lecture. Green lived in Cheshire ...more

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